Deadline is today

  • Start date details

    4th November 2024 - April 2025 (fixed term date may change)

  • Closing date

    29 May 2024 at 11:59pm

  • Date listed

    25 April 2024

Job details

Job role

  • Teacher

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Social Sciences

Working pattern

Full time

Contract type

Maternity or parental leave cover

Full-time equivalent salary


Maternity Cover: Teacher of Social Sciences job summary

About Rugby Free Secondary School

‘Pupils benefit from a school community that includes pupils from a wide range of different backgrounds and cultures. There is a culture in which pupils see these differences as a positive thing. Uniqueness is valued and celebrated. Pupils feel confident ‘to be themselves’ at Rugby Free Secondary School. (Ofsted ‘Good’: July 2021)’

At Rugby Free Secondary School, we aim to foster kindness and pride, whilst maximising our academic and personal potential. We believe that all of our students should be happy and safe, whilst demonstrating the limitless endeavour and resilience required to succeed by striving for excellence. To achieve these goals, our school ethos is

underpinned by the foundations of mutual respect, positive relationships and genuine curiosity.

This is encompassed in our educational philosophy of creating more articulate, organised and progressive learners, and the desire to create both independent and collaborative learners who are proud to be educated at Rugby Free Secondary School.

Alongside this, we focus on broadening our students’ core subject knowledge and understanding of the wider world. As a consequence, quality-first Teaching and Learning is at the centre of our school’s ethos, and is the key priority for all staff. Our aim is for teachers to deliver high-quality lessons to all year groups, whilst also being supported to develop through pertinent and purposeful internal and external CPD that is bespoke.

Learning is integral to everything we do at RFSS. We ensure that all of our students, regardless of gender, ethnicity or ability, receive the best possible learning experiences, to enable them to achieve and maximise their potential. Here

at RFSS, we continually support students to develop a love of learning to help them become learners for life, in order to equip them with the knowledge and skills that they will need in the real-world. This is also the case with our teaching staff, who continuously develop and update their own pedagogical practices, through Action Research projects and other bespoke professional development sessions.

Our students are encouraged to use their thinking skills to build on existing knowledge, generate their own ideas and opinion, and to solve problems effectively, both individually and in collaboration with their peers.

This philosophy also extends itself to the personal aspect of Teaching and Learning, as we strive to develop well rounded staff and students who are respectful, curious and resilient.

Please find below link to our website with the latest Ofsted report when we were graded as ‘Good’.

Our Values are:

  • Kindness – The quality of friendliness, generosity, consideration, honesty
  • Collaboration – The belief that working and learning with others will lead to greater success
  • Curiosity – A strong desire to know and to learn
  • Resilience - The ability to recover quickly and learn from the difficulties we face
  • Respect - To appreciate the importance of understanding and admiration for others and self
  • Endeavour - The belief that hard work is needed to achieve something we can be proud of

Specific Areas of Responsibility and Key Tasks:

Teaching and Learning and Assessment

To teach Social Sciences across the age and ability range

To develop schemes of learning and resources for Social Sciences

To prepare students for external examinations and assessments as directed by the Director of Learning

To undertake an appropriate programme of teaching in accordance with the duties of a main scale teacher

Key Tasks

To prepare and deliver lessons according to school/departmental schemes of work

To mark and assess students’ work according to the school/departmental policies

To attend and contribute to relevant meetings

To play an active part in the long-term development of the Department

To play a full part in the allocated Head of Year Team – including carrying out duties as a form tutor, if appropriate

To play a full part in safeguarding students and contributing to their personal development and well-being

Additional Duties

Set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge students

establish a safe and stimulating environment for students, rooted in mutual respect

set goals that stretch and challenge students of all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions

demonstrate consistently the positive attitudes, values and behaviour which are expected of students

Promote good progress and outcomes by students

be accountable for students’ attainment, progress and outcomes

be aware of students’ capabilities and their prior knowledge, and plan teaching to build on these

guide students to reflect on the progress they have made and their emerging needs.

demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how students learn and how this impacts on teaching

encourage students to take a responsible and conscientious attitude to their own work and study.

Demonstrate good subject and curriculum knowledge

have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas, foster and maintain students’ interest in the subject, and address misunderstandings

demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas, and promote the value of scholarship

demonstrate an understanding of and take responsibility for promoting high standards of literacy, articulacy and the correct use of standard English, whatever the teacher’s specialist subject

Plan and teach well structured lessons

impart knowledge and develop understanding through effective use of lesson time

promote a love of learning and children’s intellectual curiosity

set homework and plan other out-of-class activities to consolidate and extend the knowledge and understanding students have acquired

reflect systematically on the effectiveness of lessons and approaches to teaching

contribute to the design and provision of an engaging curriculum within the relevant subject area(s).

Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all students

know when and how to differentiate appropriately, using approaches which enable students to be taught effectively

have a secure understanding of how a range of factors can inhibit students’ ability to learn, and how best to overcome these

demonstrate an awareness of the physical, social and intellectual development of children, and know how to adapt teaching to support students’ education at different stages of development

have a clear understanding of the needs of all students, including those with special educational needs; those of high ability; those with English as an additional language; those with disabilities; and be able to use and evaluate distinctive teaching approaches to engage and support them.

Make accurate and productive use of assessment

know and understand how to assess the relevant subject and curriculum areas, including statutory assessment requirements

make use of formative and summative assessment to secure students’ progress

use relevant data to monitor progress, set targets, and plan subsequent lessons

give students regular feedback, both orally and through accurate marking, and encourage students to respond to the feedback.


Rugby Free Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this and the below commitments.

To ensure that all students have a safe environment in which they can learn, reporting any concern about the environment to a member of the site team or if appropriate to one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders.

To be aware of systems which support safeguarding and following the procedures as highlighted in the Safeguarding Policy

To identify children who may benefit from early help as soon as possible and discuss this with one of the Designated Safeguarding Leaders

To consider at all times what is in the best interests of the child

To protect children from maltreatment; preventing impairment of children’s health or development; ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care

To take action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Checking of visitor identification, especially at the point of school entry and the issuing of relevant safeguarding information.

Generic Responsibilities of all Rugby Free Secondary School Staff

To continue personal development as agreed

To engage actively in the appraisal process

To undertake any other duty as specified by the School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document not mentioned in the above

Whilst every effort has been made to explain the main duties and responsibilities of the post, eachindividual task to be undertaken may not be identified.

Employees will be expected to comply with any reasonable request froma manager to undertake work of a similar level that is not specified in this job description

Employees are expected to adhere to the School’s agreed Codeof Conduct and set an example of personalintegrity and professionalism

Ensure all tasks are carried out with due regard to Health and Safety

To remain confidential at all times

To adhere to the ethos of the school

To promote the agreed vision and aims of the school

If you feel that you could bring further impetus to our drive to improve the provision for our students and have the necessary energy, enthusiasm and sense of humour to take us forward at this exciting time, then please get in touch.

To arrange an informal discussion or visit to the school, please contact Megan Jones on or call on 01788 222060

Closing date: 29th May 2024

This job description does not form part of the contract of employment. It describes the way the post holder is expected and required to perform and complete the particular duties as set out in the foregoing paragraphs.

The job description will be reviewed at least once a year and it may be subjected to modification or amendment at any time after consultation with the holder of the post.

The school will endeavour to make any necessary reasonable adjustments to the job and the working environment to enable access to employment opportunities for disabled applicants or continued employment for any employee who develops a disabling condition. This job description is current at the date shown but in consultation with the post holder may be changed by the Headteacher to reflect or anticipate changes in the job commensurate with the grade and job title.

We reserve the right to withdraw this vacancy at any time.

Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow (LT2) is committed to safeguarding children; successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. LT2 is always happy to receive speculative applications from excellent teachers and support staff.

Commitment to safeguarding

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. We expect all staff, volunteers and trustees to share this commitment.

Our recruitment process follows the keeping children safe in education guidance.

Offers of employment may be subject to the following checks (where relevant):
childcare disqualification
Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
online and social media
prohibition from teaching
right to work
satisfactory references
suitability to work with children

You must tell us about any unspent conviction, cautions, reprimands or warnings under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975.

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About Rugby Free Secondary School

School type
Free School, ages 11 to 19
Education phase
View all Secondaryjobs
School size
976 pupils enrolled
Age range
11 to 19

Secondary School

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